Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a solid dark copper color with a two finger head of frothy, off white foam. The nose is hop forward with spicy noble hop notes (despite there being none used in the recipe), light florals, and trailing malt notes. Surprising body on the tongue, but not to the point of being heavy. Solid use of hops for a good bitterness, start to finish. The same spicy and floral notes come through. A little biscuit malt comes through, but you have to look for it. Medium bodied with a lingering bitter finish. I would mind a little more crispness, but still very good.
BelgianBeerGal (3315) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle compliments of Zac. Really cool idea and they pulled it off. It had the easy refreshing aspects of a lager with just enough IPA hop bite to make it interesting. Well done.
retinadoc (142) - - JUN 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pleasant, slightly fruity aroma with above average carbonation. Initial taste is sweet and hoppy, with faint citrus notes, but then overwhelmed by a bitter citrus mouth feel. Finish is quite bitter. I prefer other SA offerings.
Ibrew2or3 (7312) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours crystal clear deep gold with copper hues and supporting an off white head of foam. The aroma offers up sweet malts, citrus hop notes and a fairly lager yeasty esteriness. Pretty nice. The taste starts with citrus bitter tangerine hops and then moving into complimentary grainy malt notes and sweet lager yeast fruity esters. It comes together nicely and the sweet esters are kept in check and only add a small facet to the flavor experience rather than take it over.
NikkTwist (1877) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Moriartys. Hazy dark orange amber with an impressive frothy head. Strong floral/bready character. Noble hops floating on top. Feels like a mix of a Lager, IPA and Wheat Beer. Burnt orange. Sage. Pepper. Challah bread. Spicy marmalade. Full body. Surprisingly pretty good. Probably the best thing I have had from Sam Adams so far.
BeerandBlues2 (10515) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ home. Pours clear dark orange with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is spicy, floral, and herbal hops with grainy malt. Flavor is moderate fresh hops and bitterness with supporting malt and a clean lager character and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
kramer (5316) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear copper body with a frothy white head that fell to a thin film. The nose is nicely hoppy with just a little Simcoe and floral hoppiness. Some light caramel and toasty maltiness. The flavor is lightly bitter with a fairly nice dry toasty malt base. Some light lingering bitterness, but the finish is fairly short. Lighter bodied and easy drinking with light fizzy carbonation. About par for the course with SA beers.
Cbuk1013 (246) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2013
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Instead of asking what if, maybe someone should say "Who cares?" not a good beer for any style. Itís boring.
ccex (1012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle pours a clear bronze/amber color with bubbles rising in the center toward a tw0-finger off-white head that lasts. Aroma is just as good as the appearance and as expected from an IPA: piney, grapefruit, lemon and some caramel. Body is light to medium with very lively carbonation. Taste is bitter with some sweetness in the middle. Seems like more than 5% ABV to me. Despite the hype on the bottle, this one exceeded my expectations: drinks like a lager but with the flavor of an IPA.
TURDFERGUSON (4008) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Sounds nice, but doesnít really live up to the hype on the bottle. Sorry Sammy. Iím always willing to give these guys a try, but maybe it is best that BBC just stick to the market they have carved for themselves.